Theo Walcott discusses what Arsenal players have been advising Granit Xhaka

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It hasn't taken long for Granit Xhaka to prove to his new Arsenal fans that he will be worth every penny of the £30 million Arsene Wenger forked out to sign the midfielder from Borussia Monchengladbach.

The Swiss international has had to be patient for his chance in the first team at the Emirates but hasn't looked out of place whenever Wenger has been brave enough to unleash him in English football.

Never more so than last week, when Xhaka opened his account with a thunderbolt strike from distance against Hull.

And just three days later he was at it again, with another brilliant long-range finish against Nottingham Forest in the EFL Cup.

Just from those two goals, Gunners fans now consider the 24-year-old to be somewhat of a long-range specialist.

So much so, that when he replaced Francis Coquelin in Saturday's 3-0 win over Chelsea, supporters were urging him to shoot almost everytime he had the ball in the opposition's half.

It has a been a while since an Arsenal player was so eager to shoot from distance so regularly, however, we might not be seeing too much more of it in the future.

That's because Theo Walcott has revealed that Xhaka has been told to ignore the fans' calls to shoot by the rest of the Arsenal squad.

You would have thought after pinging in two great goals so effortlessly that Xhaka's teammates would be encouraging him to utilise such an evident skill, but no.

"Losing Francis [Coquelin] will be a big miss but having Xhaka to come in…obviously, the fans are encouraging him to shoot but we’re telling him not to shoot too often!" Walcott told BT Sport.

Arsenal take on Xhaka's former team Basel in the Champions League on Tuesday and will come up against his brother Taulant.

Walcott added: "He’s obviously playing against his brother as well so those two will be having a bit of a family feud so it should be good."

The pair unusually faced off in the European Championships in the summer, with Granit representing Switzerland and Taulant turning out for Albania.

It was the new Arsenal man who was victorious on that occasion and Wenger would gladly take a repeat 1-0 win against a potentially dangerous Basel side when the pair clash again.

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